This Famous Stamp Makes Australians Late for Work by Blocking Local Roads

An adorable 1,300-pound southern elephant seal nicknamed Neil the Seal is wreaking havoc on Australian coastal towns. His antics have made him an internet sensation.

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The Gist:

  • Neil the Seal is a juvenile southern elephant seal that has washed ashore in some areas of Tasmania, Australia.
  • People love Neil the Seal, who now has his own Instagram account.
  • Officials believe Neil the Seal was born in the area and hauled out for the molting season.

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For residents of the southeastern port cities of Tasmania, Australia, it is common to be late for work because there is a giant stamp in the middle of the road, blocking traffic. And one seal in particular went viral for these high jinks.

Nicknamed Neil the Seal by the locals, Neil is charmingly causing havoc in this part of Australia. His antics have made him a social media star, and he even has his own Instagram page with over 59,000 followers and counting as of this writing. Here’s everything you need to know about Neil the Seal.

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Where is Neil the Seal?

In December 2023, Neil the Seal was reported to have visited the Tasmanian coastal neighborhood near Hobart and Dunalley, which is in the southeastern part of Tasmania, which is an island state. Scientists believe Neil came ashore, or was hauled, for the annual molting season, the New York Times reported.

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Earlier in the year, Neil was removed from nearby Kingston Beach and moved to a more remote location, according to an April 2023 press release from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania. No matter where they moved him, he clearly found his way back.

Neil must have been born there, so he keeps coming back there, ecologist Clive McMahon of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science told the New York Times.

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What kind of seal is Neil the Seal?

Neil is a southern elephant seal who is estimated to be about 3 years old and weighs 1,300 pounds. According to National Geographic, the southern elephant seal is the largest seal in the world. They can grow up to 20 feet tall and weigh up to 9,000 pounds (4.5 tons).

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Neil the Seal has captured the hearts of people all over the world.

Neil the Seal has grown in the years since his first visit to the Tasmanian suburbs, but he’s still small enough to be cute. And his antics have captured the hearts of people across Tasmania and the world.

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TikTok is full of Neil’s videos, and his popularity has even prompted the creation of the hashtag #NeiltheSeal. In several videos, he is seen playing with his favorite toys: orange traffic cones. In others, he fights the local police, or just sleeps in the middle of the street or on the front porch.

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I thought he was dead at first, because he was just lying there. But then he started acting up, said resident Stephen Godfrey the New York Times. He is a part of the community now.

A woman literally called her work and told them she couldn’t come in because Neil blocked her car, the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) reported. “There’s not much you can do with a 600-kilogram seal on your car,” he said. ABC Radio Hobart. “I have no idea why he chose my front yard but he’s welcome to stay as long as he wants.”

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It’s easy to get sucked down the rabbit hole of Neil the Seal videos. I mean, come on, he’s so cute. One of my personal favorites is the TikTok video above, posted by, of Neil doing the worm to the tune Funkytown.

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